Tank Davis, Ryan Garcia agree to face each other
Following a heated exchange over FaceTime while appearing on a taping of previous heavyweight champ Mike Tyson’s “HotBoxin’’’ podcast on Wednesday, newly crowned interim WBC lightweight champion Ryan Garcia agreed to fight WBA champion Gervonta Davis.
Garcia was discussing his Saturday victory over Luke Campbell with Tyson and co-host Jeremy Piven. Garcia said on the show he wanted to fight Davis next, and Davis FaceTimed in.
Tyson held the iPhone for Garcia so he could see Davis, and the two got into an animated exchange.
At one point, Garcia said, “You’re 5-5. You’re going to need a ladder to hit me. You’re going to need a StairMaster. You won’t be able to touch me. You ain’t never fought a 135-[pounder] in your life. This is different. I don’t care what you say. You ain’t got nothing.”
If the battle occurs — and Garcia promoter Oscar De La Hoya would need to close an offer with Davis promoter Leonard Ellerbe to make it a truth — it would pit 2 of the increasing stars in the congested and skilled light-weight department.
The 26-year-old Davis, who is coming off a KO of the Year-caliber surface of Leo Santa Cruz, is 24-0 with 23 KOs. He holds both the WBA light-weight belt and the WBA very featherweight title.
Garcia, 22, is 21-0 with 18 KOs. Up until his win over Campbell, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, he was understood primarily for his enormous social networks following. Garcia has 506,000 fans on Twitter and 8.2 million on Instagram.
On Monday, Davis published a mock poster to his Instagram that reveals him and Garcia. The text states “Davis versus Garcia,” and listed below that it checks out, “There is nowhere to hide.” Davis has 2.6 million Instagram fans.
Tyson was gleeful as Garcia and Davis went back-and-forth. Later on, Tyson launched a declaration solely to Yahoo Sports in which he revealed pleasure at having the ability to assist put the 2 young stars together in the ring.
“This just became one of the biggest events of 2021 and it was perfect to announce on ‘Hotboxin’’,” Tyson stated. “Stay tuned: We’ve got a lot of big things coming.”
The whole podcast will be launched soon.
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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.